Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for more than 150 years. CRNAs collaborate with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists, and other qualified healthcare professionals to deliver safe, high-quality, and cost effective patient care in virtually every healthcare setting.
When anesthesia is administered by a nurse anesthetist, it is recognized as the practice of nursing; when administered by an anesthesiologist, it is recognized as the practice of medicine. While all anesthesia professionals deliver the same anesthetics, anesthesia care delivered by a CRNA is especially well-suited to meet the needs of today’s changing and challenging healthcare environment. Key benefits of CRNA-delivered anesthesia care include:
- Most cost-effective anesthesia care model
- Ensures access to anesthesia in medically under-served communities where surgical, obstetric, and trauma services otherwise would not be available
- Consistently provides a safe anesthesia experience and quality outcome for each patient
- Extensive preparation for handling emergency situations
- Healthcare team members count on CRNAs to provide services beyond anesthesia care